Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Announcements: Members' Exhibits, Rag Doll Project, Art Retreat


As part of our ongoing project to promote public awareness of human trafficking, the Philadelphia Women's Caucus for Art will create a pile of handmade rag dolls to symbolize the numbers impacted by trafficking. The pile of dolls will be presented along with educational information at public performance protests through 2012. The WCA will launch their efforts on September 2 at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival where we will assemble the pile of rag dolls, silently hand out stickers and information, and provide a petition for the public to sign to show their support of the lives affected by modern slavery. The performance will begin at 5:30 at 2nd and Market Streets.Please bring your dolls to the performance. If you can not attend please email  to arrange drop off.  
The dolls will then be displayed by Green Light Arts for their performances at the Plastic Club from Sept. 3-17th.  Your doll will be stored at the Plastic Club during the run of the Dressing Room (which is co-written by our own Bonnie MacAllister).  Our own Ellen Bonett and Ana Rankin are also showing visual art as part of the set of the show.  For tickets:

To join the Rag Doll Project group on Facebook.


From our good friends at Handmade Philly, we are proposing an art retreat in the winter.  Email us at to let us know you are in!  We can carpool and share cabins if you don't want to be lonely in 6 person cabin, but we need to act soon or others will get the cabins:

So, a few of us have been discussing retreats, and how much fun they are. A few years back I went to a polymer clay guild retreat - and just having time to hang w/ fellow artists and focus on was a truly wonderful experience. 

One cabin is reserved at French Creek - which is about 45 minutes from Philadelphia - located in Pottstown. Here's a link:

Date: December 2, 3, 4. (Two nights)

There are 10 cabins, and each holds 6 people. They are modern and nice - fully equipped w/ a shower, an oven, a fridge and a spacious kitchen and living room. No pets or alcohol allowed (though I've successfully smuggled in alcohol in the past - you just have to keep it on the DL.) So, if hunkering down and making art, having bonfires, etc sounds fun - maybe a few hikes or whatever, I recommend reserving a cabin as soon as possible - because they are already booked through November and these won't last. Friends/ family welcome too, of course.

It's $90 per night for a cabin.

We can hold some skill shares, or workshops if there's interest.

We have been asked to collaborate with the WCA/DC for 2012 in a prestigious museum show.  They are inviting us to submit artwork as well as to create performances, and Bonnie MacAllister will be chairing the performances for WCA/DC.  Before we figure out what performances will be for this show, we most urgently need to issue this call for artists so that we can submit work to the curator in DC.  All work submitted will also be displayed on the WCA/DC's Zhibit Online Art Gallery:

So please send jpgs to with the subject line "Philadelphia."  Please be sure that your jpgs answer the theme of the proposal below. Send jpgs no later than September 30.  You will be asked to make your 2012 dues current before 12/31.


Exhibit runs- June 11, 2012-September 10, 2012.  Reception June 24, 2012 2-4pm.

Proposal – Art Exhibit –Sandy Spring Museum Art Gallery
RE/Using Our RE/Sources
The Women’s Caucus for Art-Washington DC exhibit proposal  is inspired by the ideals of living in greater harmony with our natural environment.  Our idea is to create and exhibit engaging work about our natural resources and our concerns for environmental balance.  We also value the ideals of community and maintaining the special qualities of place.  We believe that visual art is direct and immediate in conveying the message of environmental urgency. We would like to exhibit artwork that celebrates natural themes or that uses natural materials with a transformative vision. The Washington DC Chapter wishes to organize this exhibit in partnership with the Philadelphia WCA Chapter, also an affiliate of the National Women’s Caucus.   Among the Philadelphia Chapter’s members are performance artists and artists experienced in community art projects.  We would invite these members to develop art and collaborative programming.  One of the major goals of WCA is activism and participating in community programs.
Visual art is important in developing our understanding of ourselves and the natural environment  we have inherited.  It teaches us to look deeper, take introspection and to learn value.  One avenue of communication within our project may be to engage students from local schools to create visual art using recycled and/or natural materials and have the possibility of exhibiting this work.
Additionally the exhibiting artists may wish to provide written material in the form of a book or catalog in order to explain the relationship of their work to environmental themes.

The Women's Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter (Girls Gotta Run Foundation) (Collaborative Project with Rubia) (Girls Gotta Run Foundation)
A Partner of Inliquid
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